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excruciating

[ik-skroo-shee-ey-ting]
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  1. extremely painful; causing intense suffering; unbearably distressing; torturing: an excruciating noise; excruciating pain.
  2. exceedingly elaborate or intense; extreme: done with excruciating care.

Origin of excruciating

First recorded in 1655–65; excruciate + -ing2
Related formsex·cru·ci·at·ing·ly, adverbun·ex·cru·ci·at·ing, adjective

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1. unbearable, insufferable, unendurable, agonizing, racking.
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excruciating

adjective
  1. unbearably painful; agonizing
  2. intense; extremehe took excruciating pains to do it well
  3. informal irritating; trying
  4. jocular very badan excruciating pun
Derived Formsexcruciatingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for excruciatingly

excruciating

adj.

1590s, present participle adjective from excruciate. Related: Excruciatingly.

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